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New Zealand’s largest retail chain produces 1,080 jobs | Instant News

New Zealand’s largest retail chain produces 1,080 jobs

By John Braddock

July 29, 2020

The massacre inflicted on workers’ work continued when New Zealand’s largest retail chain, The Warehouse, announced on 19 July to 1,080 dismissals. This follows the latest decision by global tycoon Rio Tinto to Southwind Tiwai Point aluminum smelter mothball next August, at a cost of 2,600 jobs in the region.

After COVID-19, the number of jobs fell by a record 37,000 or 1.7 percent in April alone, according to NZ Statistics in June. That is the biggest monthly decrease in percentage in the 20 years since the measurement was set. There are now 208,577 people in either the Job Seeker Support or COVID-19 payment. More than 63,000 have registered since March 20.

Job cuts by big businesses so far include: 4,000 at Air NZ, 1,000 at the Fletcher Building, 910 at the Millennium & Copthorne Hotel, 900 at the Sky City casino and 1,100 temporary jobs and contractors at the Auckland Board, led by Labor figures. Unemployment is expected to reach 10 percent this year.

Like other companies, The Warehouse uses the pandemic and economic downturn that it causes to accelerate pro-business restructuring that involves the elimination of work and the destruction of working conditions.

Staff at 92 The Warehouse stores were called to a meeting on July 19 to be notified of the company’s restructuring process, sarcastically titled “Project Agile.” Chief executive Nick Grayston claims the restructuring is needed by changes in consumer spending patterns, including increases in online shopping and hours at different places.

Starting August 31, staff hours will be reduced overall, while layoffs will reach 782 workers, plus 137 other employees through shop closures. There will also be cuts at the company’s headquarters. The Warehouse confirmed six store closures in the top three are already running, accounting for 1,080 projected job losses, 9 percent of the company’s total workforce.

The closure involved the Noel Leeming Henderson Clearance Center, and stores in Birkenhead, Tokoroa, Papanui and The Palms in Christchurch. Shops in Dunedin, Whangaparāoa, Johnsonville, and Stationery Warehouse in Te Awamutu will also be closed.

The announcement came after The Warehouse took $ NZ67.7 million from the Labor Government’s wage subsidy scheme, paid after the March 19 lockout. The $ 12.3 billion cumulative handpiece, which was wrongly promoted as a way of saving jobs, did not stop businesses that cut wages and fire workers. SkyCity subsidies reached $ 31 million after being awarded a top-up of $ 9.4 million last week, despite firing 900 workers.

The warehouse also applies wage cuts to some staff. At the end of April, those who earned more than $ 60,000 were asked to take a 10 percent pay cut and those who made more than $ 100,000 a 20 percent cut. The deduction is then paid because the sales during the lower COVID-19 Level 2 reduction are higher than expected.

The Warehouse’s persistence of money seizure forced Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who faced elections in September, to cynically declare he was “angry” after the company first predicted closure last month. Ardern told Radio NZ that The Warehouse had promoted itself as “in the community and for the community.” He compared companies with small business owners “trying to keep their staff and survive” by reducing their reserves.

Warehouse founder Stephen Tindall regularly positions himself as a “socially aware” businessman and philanthropist. He was among an international group of 83 millionaires who, fearing growing anti-capitalist sentiment, recently called on the government to impose more taxes on them to counter the economic blow of COVID-19.

The company has grown into a multibillion-dollar company by exploiting the social crisis facing people working at home and abroad. In 1982, Tindall founded his first “Red Warehouse” in a working class suburb, selling cheap imported goods in large quantities from low-wage countries. The operation grew exponentially, benefiting from decades of attacks on the social conditions of those who work, including its own employees, which are sustained by massive business deregulation.

Many workers will be devastated by the recent announcement. A Hamilton worker tells Goods she cried when she heard that her work hours would be cut. “I will lose between eight and 10 hours a week. It doesn’t look like much, but it’s more than $ 250 a week after taxes, “he said. “That is a big part of the money lost when you have a single income.”

Single mother Anna Gray told Radio NZ that she was overdone after more than 10 years working at the Birkenhead store. “To be honest, it will be very difficult,” he said. “I can tell you now I will really fight … Everyone lost their jobs, and there is nothing there.”

Far from launching a struggle to maintain jobs and conditions, FIRST Union, which represents around 2,000 Warehouse workers, played a central role in facilitating company attacks. Secretary General Dennis Maga told the media that the union had received “information about the new model in secret,” but detained it from the workers while conducting “consultations” with management behind closed doors.

Maga said the union delegation had “brought the idea to the table and generally felt the discussion was meaningful.” The company, he complained, then “went and did everything they had decided.”

The crocodile’s tears flowed. Maga stated: “Members express their disappointment. They want to know and understand what this process really is. They need to understand whether they will keep their jobs after consultation. “He falsely claimed that the union would” continue to engage with Warehouse executives and challenge the business model “as it is practiced throughout the country.

This dishonest and bankrupt perspective again presents a union about themselves: the corporatization entity that functions as an industrial police force from the government and big business. During the COVID-19 crisis, unions applauded the Ardern government’s billions of dollars in bailout funds while pushing for workplaces and schools to remain open in spite of health risks.

FIRST Union has a long history of enforcing mass closures and dismissals. Following nearly 200 redundancy in 2013 at the Summit Wool Spinners in Oamaru, for example, the union boasted that “now experts in caring for people after this event. We coordinate with WINZ [social welfare], with the local mayor, parliamentarians … to try and settle things for the workers. “That is, the union provides its services to ensure that layoffs run smoothly.

The fight against this attack on work and working conditions cannot be carried out through unions. To protect work and living standards, workers need to build their own independent organization: ranking committee, to connect workers in various industries and internationally. Such struggles must be guided by struggles for a workers’ government that will implement socialist policies, including nationalization of large industries under democratic control.

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The US demands greater support from Australia in its confrontation with China | Instant News

The US demands greater support from Australia in its confrontation with China

By Mike Head

July 25, 2020

Ahead of the annual US-Australia (AUSMIN) ministerial-level talks in Washington DC next week, the Trump administration insists that the Australian government must increase its role at the forefront in increasing US attacks on China.

These demands include more aggressive participation in US provocation in the strategic South China Sea, near where five Australian warships last week joined the US aircraft carrier and Japanese naval vessels in a show of force near the Chinese occupation reef. The Australian fleet then sailed near the Spratly Islands claimed by China on its way to join the US-led “RIMPAC” military exercise in Hawaii.

Despite the increasingly intensive danger of COVID-19 in the US, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Secretary of Defense Linda Reynolds will personally attend the AUSMIN session in Washington, with US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. Payne and Reynolds even had to be quarantined for two weeks after they returned.

Last Thursday, Pompeo called for all “free countries” to rise up as one against China’s “tyranny”, regardless of economic consequences. Pompeo did not name Australia or any other country but he said some US allies were afraid of facing China because they were afraid of economic retaliation.

Pompeo’s message was reinforced by the US ambassador to Australia, Arthur B. Culvahouse, who said at a meeting of the Center for the Study of the United States (USSC) in Sydney this week: “US investment is very important for Australia’s prosperity in the future.” He warned against trying to separate “economic security” from “national security,” adding: “This is not just about money.”

Seeking to compare Australia’s relations with China with the US, Culvahouse claimed that China was guilty of economic intimidation, but “Australia will never see a day when a US ambassador threatens to withdraw from trading with and investing in Australia.” In fact, his statement was a veiled threat.

Culvahouse hailed as “extraordinary” and “brilliant” a report commissioned by the big business of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, which concluded that the US was far more important to Australia economically than China, recently beating Chinese investment by 40 percent.

The report said the US had become the single largest foreign investor in Australia, with a total of $ 984 billion in 2019 – more than a quarter of all foreign investment. Australian exports to the US and income generated from US investments in Australia contribute $ 131 billion per year, or 7 percent of Australia’s annual economic growth.

As a result, the report highlights the vulnerability of Australian capitalism to economic, as well as military, pressure from the US. It was said that even before the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia’s public and private debt to the world was $ 1.1 trillion. “To recover, Australia knows it must and will have access to the US capital market,” the “deepest” in the world.

In a video message to the same USSC event, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tried to convince the Trump administration of the reliability of his government. He said relations between the two countries were “never stronger and never more important.”

Morrison said Australia was “a trusted partner of the United States” but “we did not hand it over to the US. We did our part in lifting the burden in this partnership. We led. We pulled our weight.”

Likewise, on the eve of their departure for the AUSMIN talks, Payne and Reynolds published an article in Australian said the consultation “has never been more important.” The pair echoes the increasing barrage of provocative allegations of the Trump administration against Beijing.

Without providing the slightest evidence, they accuse China of “coercive actions” and “militarization” in the South China Sea, carrying out cyber attacks, controlling the internet, spreading false news, “damaging the rights, freedoms and futures of millions of people” in Hong Kong and threaten the sovereignty of other countries.

Payne and Reynolds emphasize that the Liberal-National government increases military spending. They say “our investment of $ 270 billion in defense capabilities over the next decade, including stronger, long-range capabilities,” will “enable us to make stronger contributions to the alliance and achieve greater combined effects with US forces to prevent aggression. and respond with military force. “

Australian military and intelligence agencies have helped feed offensive US propaganda against China. Last week, they immediately supported the cancellation of US charges of two former Chinese engineering students engineered alleged hacking, allegedly to steal COVID-19 vaccine research data.

The indictment claims that over the past decade the pair has also targeted unnamed defense contractors and the solar power business in Australia “for profit,” while sometimes helping the Chinese Ministry of State Security.

Despite the lack of evidence to support the unclear accusations, the Australian Signal Directorate – a partner agent of the US National Security Agency – joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of the Interior in issuing a statement welcoming “actions designed to hold the cyber criminal responsible. “

This is the partisanship of two parties. The Labour’s opposition shadow shadow assistant for cybersecurity, Tim Watts, jumped to urge the government to go further to protect “our important infrastructure and business” from “cyber security threats.”

Under the Liberal-National and Labor government, the Australian ruling class is increasingly committed to Washington’s efforts to weaken China and prevent it from threatening the US domination established by victory in the last world war. It did not begin with the Trump administration, even though it could potentially trigger a potentially catastrophic conflict.

Australian troops have been sent to join every major US military intervention since the Korean and Vietnamese wars and continue into the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. The Labor Party last registered with Obama’s military “axis” for Asia to face China, and agreed to place US marines in the strategic city of Darwin in the north.

Since taking office in 2013, the Liberal-National Coalition – with Labor support – has been at the forefront of anti-China campaigns, including by enacting predetermined “foreign interference” laws that can criminalize relations with China or involvement in anti international. war activity.

The Australian Federal Police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organization, an internal political spy squad, have recently activated the law attack the home and office of the parliamentary MP of the Labor Party of New South Wales, Shaoquett Moselmane, amid media headlines accusing him, without evidence, as “a Chinese agent.” In a warning that intimidated all political organizations, Moselmane, who protested his innocence, was forced to suspend himself from parliament.

Pompeo’s speech and Payne and Reynolds’ call to Washington signaled a request for more. As a medium-sized imperialist force that is strategically dependent on the US, the Australian ruling elite is left with no choice but to play a warlike role in the US war effort, despite the impact caused by its large dependence on exports to China.

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The German slaughterhouse reshuffle: Radical reform or return to the status quo? | Business | Economic and financial news from a German perspective DW | Instant News

After years of futile efforts to clean up the German meat industry, politicians are united in the background a set of reforms which according to experts could mark a paradigm shift for this sector. At the heart of the proposal submitted by the Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil is restrictions on the use of subcontractors who have been blamed for encouraging unsafe and exploitative conditions throughout the slaughterhouse.

For decades, German meat processors have cut costs by employing thousands of workers from low-wage countries such as Romania, Bulgaria and Poland. Instead of recruiting workers directly, companies often rely on opaque and layered subcontracted corporate networks; a practice critique says has long allowed them to assume responsibility for workplace conditions.

Referred to as a form of “mordern slavery” this condition helps The German slaughterhouse became a coronavirus hotspot.

At the Tönnies slaughterhouse in northwestern Germany, more than 1,500 workers contracted COVID-19 in June and had to be quarantined. This outbreak also caused the resumption of locking in the two closest districts

Looking for loopholes

Minister Heil’s proposal, which is expected to be released in full by the end of July, will prohibit the use of this type of employment contract, known as Werkverträge, and requires slaughterhouses to directly employ core workers.

Gerhard Bosch, a professor at the Institute for Work, Skills and Training at the University of Duisburg-Essen, described the proposal as a “paradigm shift” for the meat industry. But he worries it will not end exploitation of migrant workers.

Meat companies seem to be looking for – and finding – gaps in the rules. Tönnies has promised to employ 1,000 workers directly in September. But the company faced a reaction after creating 15 subsidiaries to hire workers.

Bosch said that subsidiary companies could be used to divide workers and stamp out collective bargaining efforts. Workers can be divided based on citizenship or occupation, he said, allowing for differences between subsidiaries.

“What Tönnies is clearly trying to avoid is any union,” he said. “That will be a work organization that doesn’t change the same, on the assembly line there will be different companies.”

Migrant abattoir workers in a meat factory cut meat

Migrant workers are faced with long working hours and low wages, made lower by deductions for narrow housing, work equipment and transportation.

Same condition, different industry

The practice of using subcontracted migrant workers to cut labor costs is not limited to meat cutting. This is extensive in construction, package delivery, and even on German strawberry farming.

Germany is one of the biggest destinations for other EU workers. In 2018, Germany accepted around 430,000 so-called posted workers who came to the country for temporary work, according to a study commissioned by the European Commission

The construction industry is a place where many of the workers end. Last year, around 100,000 workers were posted, mostly from Poland and other Eastern European countries, employed in construction.

As in the meat industry, German construction companies often use a complex network of subcontractors to circumvent labor laws. Workers complain about long days, lost wages, and large deductions for housing, equipment and work clothes that make their wages below the legal minimum.

Postal work is also full of exploitation of migrant workers. In February 2019, 3,000 customs officers stormed subcontractors used by German package services such as DHL and Hermes. They found many violations. Some delivery drivers do not have licenses, and about one third of subcontracted employees are paid less than the minimum wage.

The German Parliament responds with a law that makes package companies accountable if their subcontractors fail to pay social contributions or minimum wages to workers. Similar laws cover the construction and meat industries, but fail to end exploitative conditions.

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Bosch blamed the lack of government oversight and weak union representatives for migrant workers for continuing to violate German labor laws.

Many migrant workers do not speak German, only a few understand their rights, and rightly so afraid to raise concerns about conditions for fear of losing their jobs or housing.

“To its limits, these are foreigners who do not know their rights,” he said. Bosch believes tighter restrictions on the use of subcontractors in other industries will help.

But many politicians, including Katja Mast, deputy chairman of the Social Democratic parliamentary group, think the wider ban is inappropriate.

“We are not fighting against employment contracts in general, but we are fighting against the abuse of employment contracts to create second-class workers,” he said.

Instead, Mast prefers to strengthen the rules around housing arrangements that are often regulated for migrant workers by employers.

Ruxandra Empen, a specialist in labor market policy for the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), said workers are often overcharged for housing and face ongoing fears of eviction from apartments if they lose their jobs.

“Workers tend to accept housing offers but there are many losses,” he said. “A lot of sub-standard housing, the rent is quite high. This is a way to avoid minimum wages.”

DGB proposal: limit the cost of housing provided by employers and the task of government authorities by enforcing these requirements.


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The Punjab Department of labour, trade facilitation, industry – Secretary | Instant News

Lahore-Punjab labour Secretary Muhammad Amir Jan, said that the progress and prosperity of the business community for the development of Pakistan. Thus, the labour Department of Punjab is working as a mediator and ensuring maximum convenience for trade and industry. He was speaking at the Lahore chamber of Commerce and industry. The LCCI President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, senior Vice President Hussam Ali Asghar and Vice President MIAN Jawaid Ahmad Zahid and DG labour Faisal Nisar also addressed the meeting, while members of the EU Haris Attiq and Arshad Khan were present. The Minister of labour said that the policy on labour was designed to ensure that the needs of workers, so they can contribute to national growth. He noted that promotion of a healthy management and labor relations for further socio-economic progress and development is the main task of the Department of labor plays a key role in industrial development. He said that the role and cooperation of the LCCI is of the utmost importance in this regard. He said that Punjab employees social security institution (PESSI) collects RS. 1.3 to 1.4 billion, while 1.1 million workers registered in the labor Department. On the occasion, Faisal Nisar gave a detailed presentation about the law-19 Punjab health and safety. The President of Latvia said that the strengthening of trust between the business community and state authorities will do everything smoothly. He said that the outbreak COVID-19 forced the community to improvise, so the business activity must be continued. If anything, government agencies should cooperate with the private sector. He said that the frequency of tax payments of different taxes on labor should be reduced to once per year. Currently, the frequency of tax payments EOBI and PESSI is 12 times a year, and the frequency of WWF and WPPF times a year. “To reduce the cost of labour and transportation and to improve the competitiveness of our industrial enterprises should be allowed to use 10% of their land to create their own colonies.

The government should also take the initiative of establishing labor colonies in partnership with the private sector through appropriate public private partnership”, the LCCI President added.


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Opinion / Comment: The tourism industry, visitors should encourage safe travel | Opinion | Instant News

As our country faces an unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism and hospitality industries in Virginia were particularly hard hit during this period. Tourism is usually a big deal for Virginia. In 2018, visitors to Charlottesville and Albemarle County spent $ 654 million, which supported almost 6,000 work opportunities and contributed more than $ 22 billion in local tax revenue, but according to a survey. carried out by the SIR, 88% of businesses in the tourism industry in Virginia declared a loss of income due to COVD-19, while 60% had to reduce their workforce and 62% closed completely. Unprecedented Decline in Income and Reduction in Workforce Create Serious Concern for Business Owners and Have Economic Impact in Travel and Tourism Industry for the foreseeable future . As the Commonwealth reopens slowly for business, people will miss leaving their homes and traveling again after being locked up for so long. Travel is what will move the country forward once again, and it will be a critical part of Virginia’s economic recovery. However, as other states see COVID-19 spikes following reopening too soon, we must also be smart and aware of others as we start traveling again. The Virginia tourism industry needs to plan how to re-engage visitors in a thoughtful manner and encourage safe travel. According to a study on the feeling of travel carried out by Destination Analysts, the comfort of travelers on reopening continues to increase, half now agreeing that their country of origin is reopening their economy at the moment, against 35% may’s beginning . Based on industry research, short trips to the state and others will be the first to return when the restrictions are lifted. Travelers are looking for safe, close-to-home destinations that allow for social distancing and access to open spaces, particularly beach, outdoor and rural experiences. As we continue to work together to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic , we encourage tourism industry to commit to ensuring the safety and health of visitors, businesses and local residents. To do this, businesses and attractions will need to meet the prudent traveler by strengthening safety measures, including additional cleaning and sanitation, wearing face masks, reducing visitor capacity, virtual deals, options for contactless payment and other ways to reduce the spread of transmission. Many communities are working with local businesses on a commitment that follows guidelines recommended by the CDC and public health officials to help make a safe environment a top priority while travelers enjoy the attractions and experiences that make Virginia so special. Likewise, travelers to Virginia will also need to take steps to re the safety of others. We encourage visitors to keep a distance of at least six feet from others when going to an attraction and to wear a face mask when social distancing is not possible. And if visitors are sick, we recommend that they stay at home and plan a next visit. The tourism industry is resilient and will rebound from this crisis. No other economic sector can match tourism’s ability to quickly re-engage businesses and get employees back to work. But in order to rebound quickly, the tourism industry and travelers must take all the necessary steps to encourage everyone’s health and safety while we all sail during this time. Susan Payne is Chair of the Board of Virginia Tourism Corporation and President and Owner of Blue Ridge Group, a marketing company located in Charlottesville. .

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If the Rockies, MLB did not act together, they would lose the best fans in the world | Instant News

The number Mike Trout who should have frightened them all back to the negotiating table is not $ 37.7 million, the salary the man contracted in 2020. Or $ 5.7 million, which is an economic proposal from the owner of Major League Baseball will shave the bad boy that.

It is 44 years old.

As in percent.

As in the percentage of Americans, according to the YouGov.com polling site, who say that they really are hear from Mike Trout.

LeBron James? 92 percent.

Peyton Manning? 88 percent.

Tim Tebow? 83 percent.

John Elway? 70 percent.

Conor McGregor? 62 percent.

So yeah, alright, no. Continue Attitude. Dare others to blink. Spitting out the wind. Just don’t be surprised by what blows back in your face.


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Romanian agricultural workers trapped in Germany during a pandemic Germany | News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and surroundings | DW | Instant News

Anca, 39, who doesn’t want to be photographed or used her real name for publication, has been waiting for her and other seasonal workers from Romania who have taken strawberries and asparagus on a bankrupt farm in the city of Bornheim, near the city of Bonn in western Germany. Now, the solution is in plain sight. The Romanian consul has spoken with the workers, fed them and some money – and, most importantly, promised to help. “He said we should trust him,” he said, “and don’t worry too much.”

It was Tuesday when Anca learned that the Romanian consul was ready to provide his support. He and his colleagues have spent several uncertain days. They demonstrated in the center of Bonn with members of the Free Trade Union. Anarcho-syndicalist labor organizations and other sympathetic Germans favored Romanian workers. Journalists had gathered on the farm, neighbors who were worried about seeing, and the main unions rated the situation as confusing.

Workers have been employed by agriculture during the previous season: Anca said the owner always takes good care of them. But, this year, everything changed. The garden is now being monitored by a trustee. “We did not know that the company went bankrupt when we arrived,” Anca said. The employees travel to the farm and are called to work to ensure a good harvest for every potential new investor.

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But a coronavirus pandemic worsens the problem. Restaurants and hotels remain closed, meaning that demand for asparagus dropped dramatically. Agricultural creditors decided to stop harvesting asparagus, while strawberry picking was reduced – along with the number of workers.

Workers say more money than expected is deducted from their salaries for lodging

Dramatic consequences

Although he came from Romania on a three-month contract starting in early March, Anca was one of the workers fired. He and other seasonal workers in agriculture say so far they have not received full wages for their work. “I am still down around € 1,200 ($ 1,315),” he said. Others told him they only received € 150 – or, in some cases, € 5 – for a full month’s work. To make matters worse, employers have been cutting more money than expected for accommodation and food, workers said.

“The rice is still half frozen and not yet ripe,” Anca said. “Some breakfast salami doesn’t exist. We aren’t allowed to eat leftovers in the kitchen; there is always only one serving for each person.” Difficult for workers to shop for themselves: They are placed in the middle of a place – near a sewage treatment plant and far from a supermarket. He said the prefab shack that the employer provided was acceptable, if it was a bit old. “It’s not like home,” he said. A high pile of rubbish piled up outside the cabin made it clear.

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Workers need every penny they make. “Many of us have families, children, debt,” Anca said. He has four children and other family members to support him.

Many are short of money to travel home. Romanian Minister of Labor Violeta Alexandru, who came to Germany to see for himself the situation on Wednesday, has promised to help. The assistance can prove to be urgent: It is unclear how long workers will be allowed to stay in lodging provided to them by the garden. There were rumors that electricity and water would soon be cut off to force the harvesting hands who had nowhere else to go but no longer worked.

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Difficult to investigate

DW cannot independently verify workers’ accounts of their situation or the total amount of money remaining owed to them. The area they lived in was closed, and security guards watched who entered. Bankruptcy trustees are not available for comment. Bonn Daily General-Anzeiger The newspaper reported that the trustee spoke of “down payment” to the workers, with the remaining money to be paid after the contract had ended.

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Harald Schaum, vice chairman of the BAU union, which represents agriculture, environment and construction workers, said his syndicate was trying to get more detailed information from the trustee. He said the situation was “not an isolated incident.” The media has repeatedly reported untenable conditions on asparagus farming in Germany. This is not a new problem, but which was increasingly seen during the coronavirus pandemic, when restrictions were reduced to allow foreign workers to travel to Germany, where they were paid sub-standard wages which made it difficult to attract domestic workers.

“We often find that different methods are used to cut legal minimum wages,” Schaum said. “People either get paid a piece of wages, or separate contracts are made at high cost for lodging and lodging – all of them completely break the rules.”

Usually, hourly wages are needed, unless a clear employment agreement has been made. “But, unfortunately, language barriers are sometimes also exploited,” Schaum said, “with employers doing something completely different from what is expected by workers or has been communicated to them.”

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Anca said he accepted contracts in German and Romanian. “If you can read, then you can read it,” he said. However, some seasonal workers do not speak Romanian, but Romani, the language of the Romans. What’s more, some can’t read – especially not the bureaucratic language used in the contract.

The procedure for dealing with workers’ wages when a company or agriculture such as the one in Bornheim goes bankrupt indirectly. Schaum said it was unclear whether seasonal workers were eligible for unemployment compensation paid to bankrupt company employees in Germany. This is especially so, he said, “when people such as agents and mailbox companies from abroad are involved,” he said, referring to organizations and individuals who recruit workers for agriculture.

Even though they have been working for months, workers will not get anything. Schaum said many could only look for more reliable agricultural problems so they received at least some money.

It is unclear whether Anca will accept the money owed to her. But, regardless of the way his employer treats him, he intends to return next year – even though to work with a different farm. He said it would be difficult to trust people again, and that language remained a barrier, “but we know how it works.”


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Lockdown bites poor people despite restrictions in Punjab | Instant News



LAHORE: Amir Khan, a worker at a plastic factory on Sheikhupura Road and father of two children, worried that the locking had risked his job.

Hired at one factory or another in the same area for more than 14 years, he has lost his job several times mainly due to labor activism.

The last time he marked his presence as an activist was at a meeting outside a tractor factory in Begum Kot to express solidarity with a worker who was shot dead and another injured for demanding salary.

35 years old, while talking with The Express Tribune, said he had been a close witness of the exploitation of the working class whether it was done through sudden downsizing, under payment, insults, torture, unpaid overtime, refusal to allow unions, victimization for being involved in labor activism and even refusing to pay salaries.

The sad condition of blue-collar workers can be measured by the cold-blooded killing of factory workers for demanding salaries before Covid-19 hits Pakistan.

“Such incidents have multiplied during this pandemic,” he said.

Apart from witnessing extraordinary hardship, labor activists consider the ‘exploitation of the Covid-19 era’ to be unprecedented.

He explained that the lockout had sent many workers home, most of whom were contract employees and daily bets were not given severance pay.

“Only a few permanent employees are paid a month’s salary.” Khalid Bhatti, another factory worker, said that employers use cruel exploitation tactics.

“After the lockdown is reduced and the workforce returns to work, employers not only cut their salaries but also force them to give in extra hours, threatening to replace them with workers who are ready to work at lower wages.”

Similar conditions were confirmed by another blue-collar employee, 40-year-old Intazar Hussain.

“The majority of workers were refused entry to the factory when they returned to work after the government relaxed restrictions,” he said sadly.

The Central Organizers of the Red Workers Front Aftab Ashraf demanded that the government must maintain a national register of those unemployed throughout the country and pay them a minimum ‘monthly unemployment benefit’ of Rs20,000.

He said the government must take firm steps to end the expulsion of unreasonable workers to protect their rights.

Ashraf highlighted that the demands were in line with Pakistan’s constitution.

“The bailout package must be introduced for disadvantaged workers,” he said, adding, “The government has not taken serious action to end the misery of the working class.”

Safdar Khokhar from the Bonded Labor Federation (BLF) claims that exploitation that has become the norm in this sector has witnessed a post-lock qualitative leap.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th, 2020.


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Coronavirus Australia recovery has many competing values | Instant News

Half of the workforce now accepts JobSeeker or JobKeeper payments. The Australian government pumps more cash into the economy as a percentage of GDP than almost any other country.

And now Josh Frydenberg has declared “there is no money tree”.

This might sound like a strange declaration from a Treasurer who has no problem spending hundreds of billions of dollars in a matter of weeks, but what Frydenberg wants to try to do is that expenses cannot continue.

When six months of support payments go up, that’s all. The government will not go further. He will then depend on the Coalition’s “principle and value” policy cabinet to convert nearly 7 million Australians from support payments back to sustainable work.

Just before he coughed up his lungs in a shipping box on Tuesday, the Treasurer spoke of “a proven way” to grow the economy.

“The values ​​and principles that have guided Coalition reform in the past must guide us again in the future,” said Frydenberg, registering tax and workplace reforms, cutting bureaucracy and improving skills as a surefire way to generate some growth.

Uneven reform notes

The treasurer spoke of “a proven path” to growing the economy before struggling with coughing in shipping boxes this week.(ABC News: Nick Haggarty)

It is still too early to know where the Government will land on specifics here, but maybe we should look at the legacy of the Coalition reform as a guide, given the Treasurer’s invitation to do so.

The reform record is a patch, with some bad memories that many parties in the Coalition will surely forget.

There are efforts to deregulate university fees, introduce GP joint payments, establish a National Energy Guarantee and cut corporate tax rates for big business. Each of these ideas is biting dust in the face of internal resistance or opposition.

On the other hand the Coalition has been more successful: cutting pension facilities, cutting income taxes and lowering corporate taxes for small companies.

In different ways, these successful and unsuccessful steps all involve smaller roles for the government.

It is no accident that the Prime Minister is now talking about “business-led recovery” and not government recovery. The coalition is not always successful, but it maintains a consistent principle of seeking a smaller role for the country.

The last few months have become an anomaly. The government now plays a much bigger role in the economy than ever before, but when looking at recovery, the Prime Minister and the Treasurer want to know various payments for support for workers, unemployment, childcare services, retirees and apprenticeships only temporarily.

And what about Labor?

A mid-Albanian background that looks blurry and blurry.
Since becoming Leader of the Opposition 12 months ago, Anthony Albanese has pondered how to adjust the Labor Party’s policy mix.(ABC News: Matt Roberts)

In contrast, Anthony Albanese saw a continuing need for big government, warning of “unrestricted jungle law and market forces” as Australia mapped the path to recovery.

In his address to the caucus on Monday, Labor leaders pointed to “the values ​​of justice, security and the power of the government to change lives” as the best way forward.

So what reform ideas have been produced by Labor values ​​in recent years? We have seen ambitious plans to charge super costs for education, health, dental care and child care. All this must be paid for by removing negative gearing and imposing tax credit relief and increasing taxes for those with the highest incomes.

The problem is, voters don’t like it. At least it was not enough to stop them from punishing Labor with three consecutive election defeats.

Since becoming Leader of the Opposition 12 months ago, Anthony Albanese has pondered how to adjust the Labor Party’s policy mix. He was criticized for moving too slowly, but maybe it’s a good thing he didn’t complete a fixed position before the COVID crisis that changed the game.

Now he has the opportunity to weigh what the post-COVID economy needs and what voters want.

Competing ‘values’

It is still too early to know exactly what the economy is like when restrictions are relaxed; which business is feasible, what might happen to the global economy and whether trade relations with China will recover or continue to deteriorate.

Specific reform proposals are unlikely to emerge from both sides until land is clearer.

At present, we have competing “values”. The Coalition wants a business-led recovery, Labor prefers a government-led path to growth.

Eden-Monaro midterm elections can provide some clues as to whether voters have a preference.

David Speers is the host of the Insiders, which broadcasts on ABC TV at 9am on Sundays or views.


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